SA, Senegal to cooperate in agriculture


2 October 2013

South Africa and Senegal signed cooperation agreements in agriculture and arts and culture on Tuesday as President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the west African country got under way.

“The signing of these two agreements demonstrates that both people-to-people relations, as well as agro-industrial partnership for development, are important to our relationship,” Zuma said after his meeting in Dakar with Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Zuma added that there was considerable scope for increased cooperation between South Africa and Senegal in trade and economic development, energy, and mining beneficiation, among other areas.

Zuma is being accompanied on his trip by a delegation of businesspeople, who were set to take part in the South Africa-Senegal Business Forum on Wednesday.

“We have also discussed the need to strengthen the African Union to ensure that it plays its role effectively to promote socio-economic development and peace and stability in the continent,” Zuma said in a statement following his meeting with President Sall.

Sall is the chairperson of Nepad’s Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee, which dovetails with Zuma’s role as chairperson of the African Union’s Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative.

South Africa and Senegal needed to contribute more to the building of stronger regional economic communities, which were the building blocks of the African Union, Zuma said.

“Both of us are also only too aware of the importance of investing in infrastructure development on the continent so that we can better promote regional economic integration, intra-Africa trade and tourism.”